Source:Sanjiva Wijesinha I am delighted to be able to report that the iconic Oscar nominated Canadian film-maker Deepa Mehta’s latest film, an adaptation of Shyam Selvadurai’s novel Funny Boy, will premiere on Netflix in the first week of December. The rights to the movie have just been bought by Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing, Shyam Selvadurai‘s debut novel was published in 1994 and set in Sri Lanka during the turbulent nineteen seventies and eighties. It opened up new ground in its portrayal of the sexual awakening of a young boy Arjie (portrayed as a small child by Arush Nand and as a teenager by Brandon Ingram). It is said that Arjie is a semi-autobiographical representation of Selvadurai himself. “The book” observes Mehta, “is over 25 years old, but I thought it was completely relevant, and perhaps more relevant today than it was even 25 years ago,” Funny Boy was shot on location in Sri Lanka and is ...

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We speak and write so much about this lovely Island that so many of us still call home, it seems reasonable enough to add to the list of attractions,  “The Rivers Of Old Ceylon”, mentioned above. I always refer to my Motherland as Ceylon, simply because I think that this is the prettiest name, from many others she was called, over the years.           The tourist attractions that Sri Lanka has,(when people are able to move around again), are far too numerous to mention, but this article that came to me via Victor Melder, who needs absolutely no introduction to us Ceylonese or Sri Lankan, brought back so many vivid memories, I just had to share it with our eLanka members. We are not talking about the Rivers of Babylon here, we are talking about our own, The rivers of old Ceylon.  Plesse read, and be ...

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